Disney's 'Frozen' Oscars 2014 Winner Dominates Home Sales, But a Will Ferrell Comedy Just Topped It
Disney's Frozen may not be able to dominate the box office anymore, but it still has quite a strong hold on those home video sales.
On the week that ended on April 6, Frozen continued its reign. According to Variety, the animated film was No.1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart as well as Nielsen's Blu-Ray Disc sales chart (the former includes both DVD and Blu-ray Disc sale numbers combined).
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, starring Will Ferrell, hoped to oust the icy movie from its throne but to no avail. The sequel debuted at No. 3 on both charts, falling to Disney twice. The film could not even topple Disney's direct-to-video movie, The Pirate Fairy, which nabbed the No. 2 spot. In fact, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues failed to match Frozen's third week sales, which were twice those of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Still, the Will Ferrell flick managed to top Frozen in one category. The film claimed victory on Home Media Magazine's rental chart week, where it placed No. 1. The Wolf of Wall Street bowed down to No. 2, while Frozen sits at No. 5.
Nielsen's VideoScan First Alert list continues with 47 Ronin, followed by The Wolf of Wall Street at No 5. and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at No. 6.
Frozen isn't all success and no fuss, however. The film, like many Disney movies, has had its share of controversy. Lately, theories that Frozen is a rip-off of a Japanese anime have heightened. The Japanese cartoon in question is Saint Seiya, which ran from 1986 until 1989 thanks to Toei Animation and was also a manga from 1986-1990. Frozen does seem to be reminiscent of Saint Seiya to some degree. As Kotaku points out, Freya wears pink, has pigtails, and lacks superpowers like Seiya. Elsa and Saint Seiya's sister, Polaris Hilda, also reportedly have a bit in common.
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